Use Of The Word 'University' B Institutions Deemed To Be Universities- Directions Issued By Hon'ble Supreme Court.


Use Of The Word 'University' B Institutions Deemed To Be Universities- Directions Issued By Hon'ble Supreme Court.

Subject: Use of the word 'University' by Institutions Deemed to be Universities-
Directions issued by Hon'ble Supreme Court.
Sir/Madam,
The Hon'ble Suoreme Court vide orders dated 03.11.2017 under para 51 and 53
(Xll) observed and directed as under:-
Para 51 - "We must also put on record what we have observed during the
course of the heaing and consideration of the present matters. It has
come to our notice that many institutions which are conferred the status of
Deemed to be Universifles are using the word "University", which in our
view is opposed to the spirit of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The UGC shall
take appropriate steps fo stop such practice.
Para 53(Xll) - "The UGC is further directed to take appropriate sleps and
implement Secfion 23 of the UGC Act and restrain Deemed to be
Universities from using the word 'University' within one month from today."
In this regard, Section 23 of the UGC, 1956 (Prohibition of the use of the word
"University" in certain cases is reproduced as under:-
"No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University
established or incorporated by or under a Central Ac[ a Provincial Act or a
State Acf shall be entitled to have the word "Universitv" associated with its
name in any manner whatsoever.
"
Further, all the Institutions Deemed to be Universities are regulated by the UGC
(lnstitutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016. Clause 20.0 of these
Regulations provides as under:-
"An Institution deemed to be university shall not use the word 'University'
suffixed to its name but may mention the words "deemed to be university"
within parenthesis suffixed thereto."
In view of the above, the Institution is hereby directed to restrain from using the
word 'University' with its name failing which necessary action would be initiated
against the Deemed to be University in accordance with the UGC (lnstitutions
Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016 Instead, the Institution may mention
the word "Deemed to be University" within parenthesis.
In those cases, where the Government of Indi Notification is with the word
'University', the Deemed to be University may submit a proposal with alternative
name (without using the word 'University') to the UGC/Ministry of HRD so that
necessary amendment can be made by the Ministry of HRD.
You are requested to submit compliance in respect of the above within 15
days from receipt of this letter. This may be treated as MOST URGENT.
Yours faithfully,

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